OSX running on a PC

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  1. McFoxy macrumors newbie

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    I know there's probably a good reason why, but I don't know what it is. So, here's the question.....why can't you load OSX on a PC (a sony laptop for example)? Why does it have to run Windows? Isn't all of the hardwre the same?
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Apple do it to protect their hardware business. Microsoft don't make their own systems, so they don't care about this.
     
  3. McFoxy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I get why Apple doesn't want you to load OSX on a PC, but what I was asking it, what is the technical reason for why it can't be done.
     
  4. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    It would make more sense, wouldn't it! But no, a computer is not a computer- a mac is a mac and everything else is a pc of ....
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Well, somebody had be the first to post this topic for the week -- because they don't want to search for one of the hundred other threads with the same topic.
     
  6. McFoxy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sun baked why don't you relax and stop being such a misanthrope. This is a place where people come to ask questions and discuss topics. Just because you've seen this question before doesn't mean that I have, or that I even thought that someone else ould have asked it. What are you so uptight about? You have "short man" syndrome.....trying to compensate for other areas by being a jerk?
     
  7. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    There really isn't a technical reason, the block is entirely artificial. A secondary issue is device drivers: Apple generally won't bother including any for hardware they don't ship.
     
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Yawn, now I know why you didn't search ... [​IMG]

    There is a search on the bar at the top, and those numbers at the bottom take you to another page.
     
  9. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    I truly don't know the answer to this question either, but everything else is just a pc !:)
     
  10. McFoxy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    imeow: Thanks for the info. Makes sense =)

    sun baked: Grow up.
     
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Reminder name calling is the quick route to a close thread and getting banned.

    Just try a search, it works.
     
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    ooo shaky head thingy

    NEways I thought I saw a video where people have booted OS X from a Windows based PC
     
  15. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    People have done this. They have to hack OS X to make it work, and the Apple software agreements don't really allow that sort of thing anyway (but Apple really need to do something about that shoddy wording).
     
  16. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    People have been hacking OS X to work on PC's from as soon as the Intel OS X dev. version came out. Apparently it's pretty hard, can only be done on intel (not AMD) and runs pretty much like it should on a mac. At least if PC users do this they'll realize how great it is and they'll turn from the dark side. I'll bet this is one of Apple's secret switch campaigns.
     
  17. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    Apparently its something about Apple making most of its profits from the sale of its hardware, over operating system - eventhough the operating system is more advanced than Windows and Linux.

    Basically, if you want the Mac OS, you have to shell out a couple of hundred quid for the Apple box it comes in - and I don't mean cardboard!

    If Apple sold its OS as an user-installable item, Mac sales would most likely plummit. People could get the worlds most advanced operating system, and run it on cheap, shoddy hardware. Most loyal/power users would go the route of the Mac - and since prices are coming down compared to what they used to be (in some respects cheaper than budget-ware Dell) - you would still probably get some people who buy hardware and all.

    But for most users wanting to explore the 'dark side' - they could just buy a disk, and Apple would lose millions.
     
  18. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    Why can't you do it?

    because it's illegal...


    that being said, if I had a PC I would do it in a heartbeat.
     

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